My name is AnnaMarie and I shop at Wal-Mart. Not often - maybe once every 2 or 3 months - but the convenient location is sometimes too tempting and they have EVERYTHING, even in the middle of the night. But you know what? I hate that place. And it's not for the reasons everyone cites.I hate that every time I go there, I leave in a bad mood because the lines are long, the customers are rude, and the machines don't work. They con their customers into thinking they have low prices, but nearly everything is cheaper at Kroger. And (now this is really terrible) I have completely lost patience for the morbidly obese people in the electric carts that drive through the aisles filling their baskets with junk food. It just ticks me off.
Of course, it bothers me to no end that they are responsible for so many mom and pop stores going out of business. It bothers me that they don't offer affordable health care to their employees and that their labor practices are shameful. But I am conflicted. Is Wal-Mart worse than the Dollar General that moved to my home town and will invariable affect the business community there? And Target! I love Target and I know loads people who will shop there and not Wal-Mart. But is Target much better? I know that 100% of their political contributions support the Republican party and you know how THAT makes me feel!
So what's a girl to do? I noticed something last night when I was buying dog food and notebooks from the concrete fortress, as my husband so lovingly calls Wal-Mart. The woman who was helping me checkout was disabled, and so were 3 other employees that I saw working there just in that trip. She was happy. She was helpful. I love seeing that and I never see that at Target. Damn liberal guilt.